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considering gift for doctor/nurses...?? considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

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Unread 03-18-2001, 02:09 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

hello sisters,

i go in for my 6 wk. post op exam in a few days and hopefully won't be seeing my gyne. until my annual exam in 0ct. (knock on wood for good luck).
i have been considering taking him and his nurses a small token of appreciation. they have been a big part of my life for the last year and i want to express my gratitude for all the things they have done for me. we've been through a lot together. i realize that they are only doing their jobs, but it's the way that they do it that makes them special. they are always so kind and understanding with me and the many problems i have had.

i have a good doctor/patient relationship with my DD and his nurses. would it be out of line to bring them a small gift of appreciation? maybe some homemade cookies or some candy. or even just a "thank you"card. another thing i am concerned about is that my DD's office is part of a clinic where other doctors practice. so if i brought something should i bring enough for just him and his staff or enough for everyone.

i would love to hear what my sisters think of this idea.
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Unread 03-18-2001, 02:29 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

Hi Jene,

I think a "thank you" would be very much appreciated. I don't think anyone would think anything of it if you gave something to just the dr and nurse, but if you bring cookies maybe you could make it a BIG batch which they could share.

My dr has a selection of bells in the exam room which we are to use to let him know when we're ready. They have been given to him by his patients over the years and I know he appreciates them.
Unread 03-18-2001, 05:01 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

I think that it is appropriate to take a "thank you" gift. I didn't take a gift, but I did send my doctor a Thank You card, thanking him for taking good care of me, and for listening to me when I knew something wasn't right. I am sure that whatever you decide will be greatly appreciated by your doctor and his staff.
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Unread 03-18-2001, 07:16 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

Food, that is always good, I am a nurse, and we love to get food gifts, so do doctors...and a plant, that would be nice, not flowers, they die, but an easy house plant, that could be enjoyed by all, somethkng hardy, too.
This is a really nice gesture, I thank you on behalf of all nurses.
Unread 03-18-2001, 07:22 PM

I think that is a wonderful, thoughtful idea! I have seen gifts in my doctors' offices over the years that patients have made and the doctors were proud enough to display them. That was very touching.

I do have one caveat, though. Some hospitals have policies against their employees accepting gifts from patients. It has to do with federal anti-kickback laws. I am an attorney and I write policies for hospitals and, though this is a very gray area where anti-kickback is concerned, some hospitals opt to be ultra-conservative and have this inluded in their policy. I know it seems silly, but lots of them are very spooked (and rightfully so!) by the getting in trouble with the feds.

If you want to be sure, you might call either administration or human resources and ask if there is a policy against accepting gifts from patients. At any rate, if they can't accept the gifts, don't take it personally. I am sure they will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Unread 03-18-2001, 07:23 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

I thought this would be a great place to put in a plug for the Hyster Sisters store. Hope you don't mind.

Many gals order the mugs for their doctor and/or nurse. I've heard of them filling them with candies and wrapping them in cellophane tied in a ribbon. It is a great way to thank them and a great way to tell them about the site.

Other gals buy copies of the book for their doc's offices to loan out to their patients.

If you are sending thank you notes, the Hyster Sisters notecards are great for this too.

Of course, food is always the way to a doctor's heart.
Unread 03-18-2001, 10:42 PM

How thoughtful of you to want to express your thanks!
I was a nurse for years, Zahhva is so right, medical people are always hungry! I use food(bribe food?!) all the time when I go to my DD. They sometimes say " Karen its about time for some of those cookies again!"
I personally love the ide of promoting the web site.( double good karma).
Coffee and sugar are mainstays in a nurses diet(sorry to say not good examples usually!). I love the ida of the coffee cups(avoiding styrofoam makes bette coffee and tea!) filled with candy. Individually wrapped Dove chocolate might be nice, or some fancy flavored coffee inside ....
Medical staff are not picky, they are not like mikey, who doesn't like anything!! And they really do read those thank you notes and letters! It means a great deal to them.
What a nice patient you are!
Unread 03-19-2001, 05:28 PM
considering gift for doctor/nurses...??

I am actually a federal employee nurse, and the rules are that we can accept food, and gifts worth up to and not to exceed $25.
So, start baking!!

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